Ever since David Ayers teased the trailer for Bright back San Diego Comic-Con this year, I was excited about a Training Day/Lord of the Rings type buddy cop film. Growing up I was a huge Alien Nation fan so I was excited about a real-life Sci-Fi cop flick especially from David Ayers. Netflix did everything right as far a promoting, but as soon as the first bad reviews came out I was getting worried.
Netflix gave David Ayers $90 Million to make his magic, especially after the success of Suicide Squad, and the risk paid off. BRIGHT hit the streaming service on December 22nd, and 11 million of its subscribers checked it out during its “opening weekend” Nielson reported.
Put it this way, The Last Jedi made $71 Million over the holiday weekend. If the subscribers that watched Bright paid for tickets, the film would have made an estimated $98 Million topping Star Wars at #1.
Considering the massive viewership, it should come as no surprise that many were speaking on it. Roughly around the time of its release, Netflix had signed on to make a sequel for the film which makes it the first streaming service movie franchise.
BRIGHT’S huge weekend came only second to the first episode of the second season of Stranger Things, which is insane! And that had 15.8 Million views in its first weekend back in October.
Written by Max Landis, BRIGHT stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi. The story is set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Ward, a human (Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
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